Improv games to celebrate Irish culture, drink specials from the Emerald Isle and free souvenir photos to memorialize the nights.
The Irish are best known for…. their sense of humor? Well, maybe that’s their second-best known quality, but it will be celebrated in the six ComedySportz shows leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. ComedySportz’s celebrated improv artists, with the help of audience suggestions, will add their own brand new contributions to Irish art forms like folk songs or limericks.
As to the best-known characteristic of the Irish (or at least of many St. Patrick’s Day revelers), ComedySportz will offer Irish drink specials - $5 cans of Guinness and $5 shots of Jameson. Whiskey.
An added bonus will be the opportunity for show goers to get a free photograph of themselves in the ComedySportz Club Room.
These extra activities will happen at all six performances St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, beginning on Thursday, March 14th and continuing through shows on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 and tickets are $22-$24. For reservations, call 773-549-8080.
$5 for Fresh, Unexpected Comedy on Sunday Nights
The ComedySportz Theatre and Chicago Improv Productions present
The TV Show and Chicago Improv League
Two improv companies with long histories in the city have partnered to create an affordable evening of new comedy. At 7p, The TV Show features an evening of improvised television. Performers provide two new improvised “shows” every week. Audiences might see a forensic cop drama in the first half and an old school game show in the second. Commercial breaks, PSAs and other standards of the TV milieu will be lampooned in this creation by the performers of two long-standing improv troupes from The ComedySportz Theatre: Battle-prov and The Legacy. Tickets: $5
Guests of The TV Show are then invited to stay for free for the Chicago Improv Productions presentation of The Chicago Improv League. CIP calls these performers “the next generation of improv.” Featuring alumni from CIP’s national competition of new talent, the College Improv Tournament, The Chicago Improv League promises an off-the-wall party atmosphere for their brand of fresh and unexpected comedy. Tickets: $5
Touting the evening as “The Sunday Double Scoop”, The ComedySportz Theatre and Chicago Improv Productions are hoping the $5 price, fresh content, and party atmosphere will not only showcase the next generation of improv talent, but attract the next generation of improv audiences. “Our new line-up will be fun for everyone, but we were especially thinking of the younger, value conscious audiences who want to pack one more fun experience into their weekend before returning to work on Monday,” said Matt Elwell, President and CEO of The ComedySportz Theatre. In keeping with the party atmosphere, performers of the Chicago Improv League will host an after-party for guests of both shows in The ComedySportz Theatre’s Club Room to cap off the evening.
"Hay--man! It's Purim!"
And it’s one of our favorite holidays at ComedySportz. Former ensemble member Josh Breit describes this Jewish holiday as a “combination of Halloween and Mardi Gras.” It celebrates the story of Purim from the Book of Esther, one of the books of the Tanakh. In that story, Esther saves the Jews from the King’s evil, anti-Semitic henchman Hamen, who plans to annihilate all the Jews in the land, but ends up himself hanging from the gallows he had built for the Jews!”
“The religious service is a rowdy one where everyone cheers and boos in response to the story and uses noisemakers called “graggers” whenever Hamen’s name is spoken. We eat triangular cookies called Hamentashen, modeled after Hamen’s triangular hat. Many people go to temple dressed up as characters from the story, and there is usually a festival outside the temple following the service.” These festivals frequently include carnival games, and Josh says he won many a live goldfish at these events due to his skill at ring toss.
To make ticket reservations for groups of fewer than 15, call 773-549-8080 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
Improv games to feature lovers, souvenir photos to memorialize the nights.
ComedySportz shows for Valentine's Day Weekend - February 14 to 16 - will include special improv games tailored for couples. In a variation of TV's Newlywed Game, called "Perfect Date," couples will be tested on their knowledge of what each other considers the perfect date. Other surprises throughout the shows will celebrate the loving couples in attendance.
An added bonus will be free "Funny Valentine Photos." All in attendance will be offered a free portrait photo in front of a ComedySportz backdrop. Guests are encouraged to make them as funny as they want. We'll share (with their consent) the best ones on our Facebook page. The extra activities will happen at all siz performances Valentine's Day Weekend, beginnning with the Valentine's Day show on Thursday, February 14th and continuing through Saturday, February 16th. Tickets are selling fast, so please call early for reservations! Call 1-773-549-8080 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.